McCracken County Board of Education meeting highlights, Dec. 19, 2013

 

 

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Waldrop will not accept another Superintendent contract, plans to retire at end of current contract

 

McCracken County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nancy Waldrop told the Board of Education that after a considerable period of discernment about the future of the district, she decided not to accept another Superintendent contract. “Four years ago, when I accepted the Superintendent position, our district’s goals called for some enormous changes. Few districts have faced so many important transitions simultaneously,” Dr. Waldrop said. Waldrop led the district as it consolidated three high schools into the state-of-the-art McCracken County High School that opened in the fall. While facing this transition and cuts in education funding, MCPS earned a designation of a Distinguished District with its elementary achievement ranking hitting 5th in Kentucky and overall performance scores reaching 20th in the state.

 

“All of this has taken the strong and focused work of many throughout this district — board members, administrators, principals, teachers, staff and volunteers,” Dr. Waldrop said. “I have benefitted from being surrounded by such a talented team. I hope you will join me in thanking the hard working educators who are our neighbors and friends across this county for the significant accomplishments of the last four years.”

 

“My work as Superintendent these past four years has required lots of energy and lots of time. I have given it gladly in service of each student in this district and their futures. I look forward to having more time for my church and for volunteering with children in this county,” Dr. Waldrop said. “I trust completely this Board and the educators of this district to continue the strong momentum toward excellence in education.”

 

Board approves one-time fringe benefit bonus for every MCPS employee

 

For the third consecutive year, the Board approved a one-time fringe benefit bonus for every MCPS employee. The bonus is $400 per employee and comes at a cost of about $365,000 to the district. “We think it is very well deserved,” said Jeffrey Parker, board chairman. Dr. Don Heine, board vice chairman, said the board realizes what wonderful personnel MCPS has and that board members appreciate each and every employee. Rick Straub, board member, said the bonus is well deserved after employees helped the district become a Distinguished District in the latest state accountability model. “That comes directly from our teachers and what they do for the students,” Straub said. “You don’t arrive at the test scores we arrived at just by pushing certain groups or bringing up the scores of a certain group, you bring up all of the scores. I wish it (the bonus) could be more.”

 

 

 

MCHS Football Coach Jack Haskins, and MCPS athletes recognized statewide

 

The Board recognized staff and students whose athletic accomplishments were highlighted statewide. McCracken County High School head football coach Jack Haskins was named the Class 6A, District 1 Coach of the Year. In the first year of the Mustangs football program, Haskins compiled a 9-3 record and led the team to the second round of the Class 6A state football playoffs. One of Haskins’ leaders on the team, MCHS senior Jordan Troutman, was named Class 6A, District 1 Player of the Year. Troutman racked up 1,763 yards rushing in the regular season on 199 attempts for an average of 147 yards per carry. He compiled 18 rushing touchdowns during the regular season. Avery Edwards, MCHS golf team member, was selected to the 2013 All-Region Boys Golf Team. The golf team won second place at Regionals. Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Karen Diane Reed to the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors to serve for a term expiring Sept. 23, 2017. Reed, of Benton, is a licensed clinical professional counselor or works in the MCPS central office. She represents certified professional counselors on the state board.

 

Board accepts $25,000 State Farm Celebrate My Drive grant for McCracken County High School

 

The Board of Education approved MCHS accepting a $25,000 State Farm Celebrate My Drive grant after the school finished in the top 50 of a nationwide online safe driving pledge contest. Tim Stewart, MCHS special events coordinator, said staff and students encouraged community members to go online and make a pledge to drive safe. Schools across the nation did the same, and as folks made the pledge, they selected which high school they represented. The grant money will be used to promote safe driving, help fund a student trip to El Salvador, purchase needed equipment for the Special Education department, help fund Project Graduation, and provide funding for a motivational speaker who will present to the MCHS student body in the spring.

 

Selection of Peck Flannery Gream Warren for renovations to old Reidland High School

 

Todd Jackson, MCPS director of facilities, presented to the Board the four architectural firms that submitted a bid for renovation work to the old Reidland High School. Board members had previously listened to presentations from each firm concerning the work. The Board approved Peck Flannery Gream Warren Inc. Architects for the project, and Dr. Don Heine, board vice chairman, said the Board was pleased to be able to select a local firm for the project.

 

Approval of Partnership with Marquette Transportation Company, LLC for Maritime Career Exploration Program

 

The Board approved a unique partnership between MCPS and Marquette Transportation Company, LLC for a program that will enhance the career-readiness of local students. Heath Cartwright, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said local representatives with the river shipping company have agreed to allow about 10 students in the spring semester to take part in a Maritime Career Exploration Program. The program would allow selected students to take various local field trips to learn about maritime careers that are available. Representatives from Marquette Transportation Company, LLC would facilitate the orientation sessions, and provide information related to various career opportunities available in the maritime industry.

Approval of school calendar for 2014-2015

 

Russ Tilford, director of pupil personnel, presented a school calendar for 2014-2015 that the Board approved. The school calendar features Aug. 6, 2014, as the first day of school for students and May 22 as the last day of school for students. Fall Break in the calendar is Oct. 6-10, 2014, and Spring Break is set for April 6-10, 2015.

 

 Other business discussed/addressed at the meeting:

·      Approval of the 2014-2016 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP). A new Kentucky Department of Education timeline had MCPS complete its CDIP no more than 90 days after state tests, creating a Dec. 20 deadline for MCPS. The Board approved the CDIP, which includes numerous goals to help the district improve its state assessment scores.

·      Approval of a Reorganization of Commonwealth Middle College (CMC). The Board approved plans that will allow MCPS to account for changes in funding for the CMC. The reorganization is being requested in both Marshall County and MCPS. The change would be for students to take classes at WKCTC and receive counseling, administrative support, and supervised study before returning to their home high school to take their required high school classes. Representatives from WKCTC, Marshall, and MCPS will continue their work to develop a transition year for 2014-2015 where rising CMC seniors with qualifying scores may be able to stay at CMC instead of returning to their home high school by taking college courses that would count as their required high school courses. Transportation for each district would be a factor that would be a part of the final transition plan.

·      Routine report from Heath Elementary School. Heath Elementary Principal Timothy Adams reported that HES improved its achievement scores in writing in most recent testing by 22 percent in writing, and an average of 73 students attend a before-school Brain Boost program — a grant-funded reading program that accelerates learning before the school day.  

·      Approval of the MCHS BETA Club El Salvador Service Learning Trip. The high school’s BETA Club obtained permission from the Board to repeat a successful trip that has taken place each year since the 2010-2011 school year. The trip has BETA Club members travel to El Salvador to expose students to another way of life, and give students experience volunteering. The trip has students leave on Feb. 14, 2014, and return on Feb. 18, 2014. The total cost of the trip will be between $900 to $1,300 per person.

McCracken County Board of Education meeting highlights, Dec. 19, 2013

 

 

Superintendent Dr. Nancy Waldrop will not accept another Superintendent contract, plans to retire at end of current contract

 

McCracken County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nancy Waldrop told the Board of Education that after a considerable period of discernment about the future of the district, she decided not to accept another Superintendent contract. “Four years ago, when I accepted the Superintendent position, our district’s goals called for some enormous changes. Few districts have faced so many important transitions simultaneously,” Dr. Waldrop said. Waldrop led the district as it consolidated three high schools into the state-of-the-art McCracken County High School that opened in the fall. While facing this transition and cuts in education funding, MCPS earned a designation of a Distinguished District with its elementary achievement ranking hitting 5th in Kentucky and overall performance scores reaching 20th in the state.

 

“All of this has taken the strong and focused work of many throughout this district — board members, administrators, principals, teachers, staff and volunteers,” Dr. Waldrop said. “I have benefitted from being surrounded by such a talented team. I hope you will join me in thanking the hard working educators who are our neighbors and friends across this county for the significant accomplishments of the last four years.”

 

“My work as Superintendent these past four years has required lots of energy and lots of time. I have given it gladly in service of each student in this district and their futures. I look forward to having more time for my church and for volunteering with children in this county,” Dr. Waldrop said. “I trust completely this Board and the educators of this district to continue the strong momentum toward excellence in education.”

 

Board approves one-time fringe benefit bonus for every MCPS employee

 

For the third consecutive year, the Board approved a one-time fringe benefit bonus for every MCPS employee. The bonus is $400 per employee and comes at a cost of about $365,000 to the district. “We think it is very well deserved,” said Jeffrey Parker, board chairman. Dr. Don Heine, board vice chairman, said the board realizes what wonderful personnel MCPS has and that board members appreciate each and every employee. Rick Straub, board member, said the bonus is well deserved after employees helped the district become a Distinguished District in the latest state accountability model. “That comes directly from our teachers and what they do for the students,” Straub said. “You don’t arrive at the test scores we arrived at just by pushing certain groups or bringing up the scores of a certain group, you bring up all of the scores. I wish it (the bonus) could be more.”

 

 

 

MCHS Football Coach Jack Haskins, and MCPS athletes recognized statewide

 

The Board recognized staff and students whose athletic accomplishments were highlighted statewide. McCracken County High School head football coach Jack Haskins was named the Class 6A, District 1 Coach of the Year. In the first year of the Mustangs football program, Haskins compiled a 9-3 record and led the team to the second round of the Class 6A state football playoffs. One of Haskins’ leaders on the team, MCHS senior Jordan Troutman, was named Class 6A, District 1 Player of the Year. Troutman racked up 1,763 yards rushing in the regular season on 199 attempts for an average of 147 yards per carry. He compiled 18 rushing touchdowns during the regular season. Avery Edwards, MCHS golf team member, was selected to the 2013 All-Region Boys Golf Team. The golf team won second place at Regionals. Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Karen Diane Reed to the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors to serve for a term expiring Sept. 23, 2017. Reed, of Benton, is a licensed clinical professional counselor or works in the MCPS central office. She represents certified professional counselors on the state board.

 

Board accepts $25,000 State Farm Celebrate My Drive grant for McCracken County High School

 

The Board of Education approved MCHS accepting a $25,000 State Farm Celebrate My Drive grant after the school finished in the top 50 of a nationwide online safe driving pledge contest. Tim Stewart, MCHS special events coordinator, said staff and students encouraged community members to go online and make a pledge to drive safe. Schools across the nation did the same, and as folks made the pledge, they selected which high school they represented. The grant money will be used to promote safe driving, help fund a student trip to El Salvador, purchase needed equipment for the Special Education department, help fund Project Graduation, and provide funding for a motivational speaker who will present to the MCHS student body in the spring.

 

Selection of Peck Flannery Gream Warren for renovations to old Reidland High School

 

Todd Jackson, MCPS director of facilities, presented to the Board the four architectural firms that submitted a bid for renovation work to the old Reidland High School. Board members had previously listened to presentations from each firm concerning the work. The Board approved Peck Flannery Gream Warren Inc. Architects for the project, and Dr. Don Heine, board vice chairman, said the Board was pleased to be able to select a local firm for the project.

 

Approval of Partnership with Marquette Transportation Company, LLC for Maritime Career Exploration Program

 

The Board approved a unique partnership between MCPS and Marquette Transportation Company, LLC for a program that will enhance the career-readiness of local students. Heath Cartwright, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said local representatives with the river shipping company have agreed to allow about 10 students in the spring semester to take part in a Maritime Career Exploration Program. The program would allow selected students to take various local field trips to learn about maritime careers that are available. Representatives from Marquette Transportation Company, LLC would facilitate the orientation sessions, and provide information related to various career opportunities available in the maritime industry.

Approval of school calendar for 2014-2015

 

Russ Tilford, director of pupil personnel, presented a school calendar for 2014-2015 that the Board approved. The school calendar features Aug. 6, 2014, as the first day of school for students and May 22 as the last day of school for students. Fall Break in the calendar is Oct. 6-10, 2014, and Spring Break is set for April 6-10, 2015.

 

 Other business discussed/addressed at the meeting:

·      Approval of the 2014-2016 Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP). A new Kentucky Department of Education timeline had MCPS complete its CDIP no more than 90 days after state tests, creating a Dec. 20 deadline for MCPS. The Board approved the CDIP, which includes numerous goals to help the district improve its state assessment scores.

·      Approval of a Reorganization of Commonwealth Middle College (CMC). The Board approved plans that will allow MCPS to account for changes in funding for the CMC. The reorganization is being requested in both Marshall County and MCPS. The change would be for students to take classes at WKCTC and receive counseling, administrative support, and supervised study before returning to their home high school to take their required high school classes. Representatives from WKCTC, Marshall, and MCPS will continue their work to develop a transition year for 2014-2015 where rising CMC seniors with qualifying scores may be able to stay at CMC instead of returning to their home high school by taking college courses that would count as their required high school courses. Transportation for each district would be a factor that would be a part of the final transition plan.

·      Routine report from Heath Elementary School. Heath Elementary Principal Timothy Adams reported that HES improved its achievement scores in writing in most recent testing by 22 percent in writing, and an average of 73 students attend a before-school Brain Boost program — a grant-funded reading program that accelerates learning before the school day.  

·      Approval of the MCHS BETA Club El Salvador Service Learning Trip. The high school’s BETA Club obtained permission from the Board to repeat a successful trip that has taken place each year since the 2010-2011 school year. The trip has BETA Club members travel to El Salvador to expose students to another way of life, and give students experience volunteering. The trip has students leave on Feb. 14, 2014, and return on Feb. 18, 2014. The total cost of the trip will be between $900 to $1,300 per person.